|January 11, 2005,
as reported by just-food.com: The European Commission
is lifting its poultry ban on Bulgaria for all regions
except Kardzhali. The EC instated the ban on December
23 all after an outbreak of Newcastle disease was discovered.
After receiving further information from the Bulgarian
government, the EC has agreed to their request that
import restrictions be regionalized.
“As there is no indication of the disease in
the rest of the country, the Standing Committee on the
Food Chain and Animal Health agreed on a Commission
proposal to limit the suspension of imports to the single
district of Kardzhali,” the Commission said.
The ban on all live poultry including hatching eggs,
fresh poultry meat, game meat and their products from
the Karzhali region will remain in effect until the
EC has decided there is no risk of the disease spreading
Newcastle disease is a contagious disease in poultry
that can cause major losses in the poultry sector but
has no impact on human health.